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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with...
Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
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    Very good
  • 59
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful View and Fantastic Food

The view from the restaurant is beautiful. The servers were very attentive and the food was cooked perfectly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
SJ2020
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The view from the restaurant is beautiful. The servers were very attentive and the food was cooked perfectly.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were at Aqua about 5 years ago when we stayed in Duck. This year we stayed in Nags Head but decided to make the drive one day to check it out. We stopped first at the Sunset Grill which is filthy so we got out of there fast and went to Aqua. We were thrilled to see Lucy was... More 

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A storm was approaching and we decided to take a chance since it was so close to the house we were renting. We were so welcomed and had a table so that we could see the storm approaching and have a lovely view of the sound. The food was outstanding! We enjoyed the New Bedford scallops that were the special... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped here with starving bellies from the traffic. Yummy burgers and steak. Nice atmosphere. Definitely a good choice of places to stop on our way in

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had beautiful dinner with gorgouse sunsets over the sound. Our dinner s we're Scallops for Betsy and Shrimp & Grits for me. The Shrimp and Grits preparation was unique with Pico de Gallo sauce and green onions along with glazed onions just amazing. I had a house special cocktail called a Smoking Gun very unique with Chipotle and jalapeño... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is our second time at Aqua in Duck and a great dinner again. This time we ate at the bar with views of the sound. The bartenders were very attentive and helpful answering our questions about the menu and drinks - the restaurant was crowded too! The crab cakes were absolutely delicious - the shrimp appetizer was good too... More 

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Landisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My husband set-up a wonderful spa day with a massage, pedicure, manicure, and lunch at the lovely Aqua Restaurant and Spa. It was an amazing overall experience. I highly recommend this beautiful spa and restaurant.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We enjoyed lunch outside on deck - through it was low tide, the odor was minimal despite the "garbage/debris" in the water directly below restaurant's deck area - they should have someone scoop/net out the garbage and perhaps have a recirculating fountain, etc. move the water around a bit so the appearance does not negatively influence the culinary experience. Our... More 

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the food and service; we do our best to create a fun and friendly restaurant atmosphere. Concerning the debris that washes up under our waterfront deck, we have recently purchased a net to remove some of the garbage from the water. Unfortunately, however, we... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We came in late after being ignored at another restaurant. Had wonderful cocktails and shared some great small plates - the Banging Shrimp is terrific! - while being served by a friendly, helpful waitstaff. We were glad we went!

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! I'm so glad that AQUA was able to make your night one to remember. The Bangin' Shrimp is a house favorite. We look forward to your next visit to Duck! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Excellent crab cakes and seared tuna steak. Great indoor view of the sound as it was too windy to eat outside. Service was fantastic; it was a great meal!

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Thanks for the kind comments! I'm so glad you enjoyed your crab and tuna entrees. We are already looking forward to your next visit! More 

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Additional Information about Aqua Restaurant

Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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